A stylish real wedding celebration inspired by Morocco – how very Moorish!
WHO: Sarah and Michael
WHERE: All Saints Church, Clifton and Paintworks event space, Bristol
WHEN: March 2010
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jon Hurst
How they met
Sarah and Michael had been best friends for six years before they started dating. “I loved seeing our other friends’ faces when we told them we were an item,” remembers Sarah. “I think they were slightly creeped out at first… It was just too weird!” Michael eventually asked Sarah to marry him on a camping trip to Wales, his homeland. “He proposed in the sand dunes over a can of cider!” laughs Sarah
The bride’s real wedding outfit
Sarah found her stunning Essense real wedding gown at Anne Harding in Bristol. “I loved the unusual back, which had straps instead of buttons or laces,” says Sarah. “I felt like I was about to step on to the red carpet at the Oscars – but most importantly, I still felt like me.” A diamanté studded veil from Richard Designs and a stunning feather hair clip from Evangeline’s in Bristol gave the outfit extra star quality
The groom’s outfit
Michael had very definite ideas about what to wear on his real wedding day. “He was adamant that he didn’t want to go down the traditional route,” explains Sarah. He settled on a head-turning ivory tux from mytuxedo.com with a contrasting midnight blue shirt. “I had my doubts when he described it to me, but he looked amazing,” says a relieved Sarah
“I’m not in contact with my father, so i felt very proud to walk down the aisle with my grandfather instead!”
Sarah wanted brightly coloured bridesmaids’ dresses to co-ordinate with the wedding’s colourful Morocco theme, and found just the thing in the sale at Wallis. “They were deep purple with a halterneck, and only cost £20 each!” says Sarah. “That meant I could afford to buy them matching accessories, and it was lovely to have them all dressed the same”
Sarah carried a simple but striking bouquet of white orchids, hand-tied with white ribbon, by Tilly Tomlinson Flowers.
“We had loads of speeches – myself, the chief bridesmaid, head usher, father of the groom and best man!”
Bristol’s Paintworks Event Space and Gallery was the perfect blank canvas. They hired Kasbah-style seating (inspired by Morocco), drapes, plants and uplighters from Marcus Rendle. Go the Whole Hog supplied bread, moroccan dips, salads and other North African cuisine.
Hot Potato Syncopators, a comedy jazz band featuring a musical saw and tea chest, got everyone out of their seats before the DJ took over later in the evening
The intrepid couple spent three weeks backpacking around central America, followed by three luxurious nights in Las Vegas.